Lunatic's Ball. Somerset County Asylum.
This 30 year old man presents with adult-onset tics and a history of Tourette’s Syndrome diagnosed at age 10. While his tics diminished after age 17 , he has recently noticed a resurgence of tics including head snapping and vocal gasping that has affected his social life and sexual activity. Mr. W denies recent trauma, alcohol, smoking, or illicit drug use.
This print captures a scene in Somerset Court Asylum in the UK. Notably, many of the asylum’s patients were institutionalized because of the heavy metal poisoning from runoff from a local lead mining operation.